No toys for me: caring seven-year-old asks for donations to cancer charity for her birthday

CARING: Alexandra Hamilton celebrates her birthday with her family

CARING: Alexandra Hamilton celebrates her birthday with her family

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A SEVEN-year-old from South-bourne asked for donations to charity for her birthday on Sat-urday, instead of toys and sweets.

Little Alexandra Hamilton, known to friends as Ola, woke to piles of cards filled with coins and cash and not a single wrapped gift from her family and friends.

But that’s exactly how she wanted it, as Alexandra says that she has been to visit people who are not very well in hospital before and wanted to raise money to help Macmillan Caring Locally.

The charity, based in the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital, aims to provide funding to enhance the care of the specialist palliative care patients who visit for treatment.

Alexandra said: “I already have too many toys and I don’t need more. I’ve visited hospitals and seen people who are not very well, in wheelchairs, and things, and would like to give them money.”

When asked what she would have asked for, if she had been given only one present, she said: “I don’t need anything. Not even a dustpan and brush.”

Around 50 children from Alexandra’s school and Beavers group, as well as brother Archie, four, and 10-month-old baby sister Antonia, joined her for a birthday party held on Sunday.

Dad, Andy, said: “It’s the way Alexandra has always been. She’s just so caring and loving. In fact, she wants to be a doctor, so she can help others.”

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7:38am Wed 2 Apr 14

alasdair1967 says...

What a fantastic act by one so young ,i don't have the money is there maybe a business man or woman out there that could organise a nice day out for this young Lady and her family as a treat as I think she deserves it
What a fantastic act by one so young ,i don't have the money is there maybe a business man or woman out there that could organise a nice day out for this young Lady and her family as a treat as I think she deserves it alasdair1967
  • Score: 13

7:51am Wed 2 Apr 14

Ginny nz says...

When did Southbourne become South-Bourne ?
When did Southbourne become South-Bourne ? Ginny nz
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8:46am Wed 2 Apr 14

jill M says...

What a selfless act Alexandra, wish there were more people in the world like you, it would be a much nicer place. Well done to the parents too, you ve obviously done a great job in raising your children.
What a selfless act Alexandra, wish there were more people in the world like you, it would be a much nicer place. Well done to the parents too, you ve obviously done a great job in raising your children. jill M
  • Score: 8

9:12am Wed 2 Apr 14

RM says...

What a lovely kid. I don't know her but I will make a small donation to that charity in her name today.
What a lovely kid. I don't know her but I will make a small donation to that charity in her name today. RM
  • Score: 1

9:17am Wed 2 Apr 14

MPK83i says...

Ginny nz wrote:
When did Southbourne become South-Bourne ?
I think about the same time Saturday became sat-urday.
[quote][p][bold]Ginny nz[/bold] wrote: When did Southbourne become South-Bourne ?[/p][/quote]I think about the same time Saturday became sat-urday. MPK83i
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10:06pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ciocia Paula says...

Oleńka jest wyjątkowa i ma WIELKIE SERDUSZKO!!! Kochamy Cię Oluś, to co zrobiłaś, jest Mega WYJĄTKOWE!!!
Oleńka jest wyjątkowa i ma WIELKIE SERDUSZKO!!! Kochamy Cię Oluś, to co zrobiłaś, jest Mega WYJĄTKOWE!!! ciocia Paula
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